love, Hermana Hansen
well...week two has come to an end. can't believe in one week we'll be halfway through our ccm experience. exciting but a little scary too. i'll be trying to send out letters today...with mexican stamps on them haha. and hopefully i'll be able to slip in some little souveneirs i bought today, if they don't weigh too much. mail takes like 2 weeks to get here and 3 weeks to get from here to the US, so you probably won't get them until right before i leave. they also asked us to not have our families send any letters in the mail after the end of next week, so next p day would be the last day for you to send anything out. i've heard you can send letters through dearelder, a website and they only take 1 week to get to the mexico mtc, which is a little quicker. they just have someone type up the letter for you and they deliver it to the missionary. also, a lady working here at the mtc gave us her business card, with something similar to dear elder only for the mexico mtc. her site is www.missionarypackagemx.com.last p day was elder seeborg's birthday. he's an elder in our district. we all wrote him nice notes in a notebook we bought at the tienda here. and the elders put together a gift with some candy, new socks, bc he loves socks, and some other things. my back was hurting me a little last week with a pinched nerve, so that was my excuse for sitting out on the zone volleyball tournament haha. we got a new district on friday and most of them are going to kennewick, wa. we're getting another new district in our zone tonight, they came yesterday but we meet them tonight. there's quite a few missionaries here. i may have said this in the last note but someone in the mtc presidency said that there are 1000 missionaries here and 3000 in provo mtc, but we have like 3x the acre-age here, so we have a big, spacey campus. we did a service project on saturday and cleaned the computer labs out. we got our 2 new investigators starting saturday, we teach each one every other day. we teach mauricio one day, then edgar the next, etc. they're actually just our instructors pretending to be investigators they met on their mission. i gave a sacrament talk on sunday, all in spanish, and it went really well. a girl came up after and told me it was amazing and that i sounded like a latina, haha don't know how true that is, but she was sweet to say that to me haha. we had a good devo on sunday from elder scott, broadcast from provo. it was amazing and after the closing hymn, right before the prayers, he stood up again and said he was prepared to make an apostolic promise and i wrote in my journal most of what he said. he promised...through the holy ghost, we can MASTER the language, our mission will be a rich experience if we write down principles and experiences given us to we can develop, the mission will enrich our lives as wives and mothers and guide us as we raise our children in righteousness, we won't be asked to do anything we can't do because we've been given the power to overcome, the lord has called us to succeed, not fail, a mission is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your capacities than you ever knew, and god will fit the task to our capabilities. we also learned the mexican national anthem a little since they're going to have us sing it on mexico's independence day, the 15th of september. they've got tons of cute decorations up all over. i'll have to send pictures of them next week since they're still in the process of putting them up. i already mentioned in some of your emails that i got really sick this week, but i think hermana hamilton and i will take a trip to the doctor today, since it's still bugging me. but other than that this last week was a long, fulfilling week, despite being exhausted and almost falling asleep during TALL like 5 times haha. our district is getting closer and closer and feeling more like family. i feel like they're truly my brothers and sisters. it's funny because our district leader, elder frame, reminds me SO MUCH of Haiden!!! he's a bit of a show-off, really goofy, he does this weird mouth-closed smile when he's joking around and i know i've seen haiden do that before a lot haha. and he has frizzy hair like haiden and has some of the same facial expressions as haiden. we taught mauricio yesterday, our second lesson, and invited him to be baptized. he has excited and i'm super excited for our next lesson with him. i'll send pics on a separate email. i love you all and can't wait to hear back from you all next week. i love you lots! and miss you tons!
love, Hermana Hansen
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, called to serve as a missionary in the CALIFORNIA ARCADIA MISSION, SPANISH SPEAKING. This blog will be used to share my testimony and insights with readers. When I leave for my mission, my mom will be posting my updates, letters, and emails!
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